Diamond Announces 2015 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of its 2015 Diamond Gem Awards, selected exclusively by comic book specialty retailers and recognized within the industry as the pinnacle of sales achievement for publishers, industry executives, and creators.

Image Comics was voted by retailers as the 2015 Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 4% Market Share). Image also took home five Gem Awards overall, including 2015 Comic Book of the Year (Under $3.00) and Best New Comic Series for Paper Girls #1 from Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang; Reprint TP of the Year for The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3; and Anthology of the Year for Island #1.

DC Entertainment took home five Gem Awards, including Backlist Publisher of the Year and Best Original Graphic Novel of the Year for Batman: Earth One HC Volume 2, among others. Marvel Comics received three Gem Awards, including Star Wars #1 voted as Comic Book of the Year (Over $3.00) and Top Dollar Comic of the Year, as well as Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Dark Horse Comics was recognized as 2015's Best Free Comic Book Day Title for Fight Club/The Goon/The Strain.

Gem Awards were also presented to BOOM! Studios (Comic Book Publisher of the Year, Under 4% Market Share, Best All-Ages Series for Lumberjanes, and Best All-Ages Graphic Novel for Lumberjanes Volume One TP) and VIZ Media (Manga Publisher of the Year), along with Oni Press, Funko, Wizards of the Coast, and others.

"The Gem Awards give retailers an opportunity to recognize and congratulate the suppliers, titles, and products that served to help grow their businesses in 2015," said Diamond President & CEO Steve Geppi. "Our suppliers produced and published an enormous amount of top-quality titles and products that really supported retailers and the entire industry, and we thank all of the retailers who took the time from their busy schedules to vote and acknowledge those efforts."

Nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards were chosen by a panel of Diamond product specialists based on their overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2015. Winners were then selected by members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public — comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide.

And the Winners are...

2015 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year
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2015 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 4%
Image Comics

2015 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 4%
BOOM! Studios

2015 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Entertainment

Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics

 



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2015 Manga Publisher
of the Year
Viz Media

2015 Game Manufacturer
of the Year
Wizards of the Coast

2015 Toy Manufacturer
of the Year
Funko



2015 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year 

Brightest Day #1

2015 Comic Book of the Year
Under $3.00

Paper Girls #1
AUG150476
Image Comics

2015 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.00

Star Wars #1
NOV140709
Marvel Comics

2015 Licensed Comic Book of the Year

Rick & Morty #1
FEB151518
Oni Press

Kick-Ass Premiere

2015 Licensed TP/HC of the Year

Mad Max: Fury Road TP
MAY150271
DC Comics from
DC Entertainment

Batman: Earth-One

2015 Original GN of the Year

Batman: Earth One HC Volume 2
JAN150232
DC Comics from
DC Entertainment

2015 Reprint TP/HC of the Year

The Walking Dead Compendium
Volume 3

AUG150497
Image Comics

Twilight: The Graphic Novel

2015 Manga TP of the Year

Attack on Titan GN Volume 16 GN 
JUN151401
Kodansha Comics

Twilight: The Graphic Novel

2015 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2015
Fight Club/The Goon/The Strain

JAN150004
Dark Horse Comics

 

2015 Collectable
Statue of the Year

DC Comics Bombshells:
The Joker and Harley Quinn Statue
AUG150309
DC Collectibles from 
DC Entertainment

 

   

2015 Top Dollar Comic Book

Star Wars #1
NOV140709
Marvel Comics

  Twilight: The Graphic Novel

 

2015 Best New
Comic Book Series

Paper Girls
Image Comics

 

  Twilight: The Graphic Novel

 

2015 Best All-Ages Series

Lumberjanes
BOOM! Studios

 

   

2015 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN

Lumberjanes TP Volume 1
FEB151172
BOOM! Studios

 

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2015 Magazine of the Year

MAD Magazine from
DC Entertainment

 

 

2015 Indie GN of the Year

We Can Never Go Home TP
SEP151091
Black Mask Comics

 

2015 Anthology of the Year

Island #1
MAY150516
Image Comics

 

 

2015 Trade Book of the Year

Darth Vader & Friends HC
FEB151837
Touchstone Books

 

 

 

2015 Game Product of the Year

Magic: The Gathering TCG
2015 Origins Expansion Deck

MAY152770
Wizards of the Coast


 

2015 Toy Product of the Year

POP! Guardians of the Galaxy:
Dancing Groot Vinyl Figure

JUL148256
Funko

 

2015 Toy Line of the Year

POP! Figures
Funko

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